This session is designed to improve player and team awareness within the game. The specific awareness we are looking to improve is how to read an opponent’s defensive block and identify the space to attack. MORE
This crossing and finishing practice is perfect for getting strikers hitting the net, and that’s something you can never practise enough.
It’s a fast-paced blueprint and requires players to be alert and switched on at all times.
|Up to a full pitch|
|Ball, goals, poles, mannequins|
|Number of Players|
|Up to 11v11|
|Practice 20mins, Game 20mins|
Setting up as shown, the attacker moves from behind the goal, runs around the pole and goes near-post for a cross from the wing. The crosser has to miss the mannequin and aim to run to the near post for a shot at goal. Now a player attacks the other end (1a).
On the next attack, a player emerges from the other side of the goal, and the same crosser delivers a far-post cross (1b).
This session is about precise deliveries and clinical finishes. Missing the mannequin is essential, and attackers, as a bare minimum, must ensure they hit the target.
We will put these crossing and finishing principles into an 11v11, narrowing the pitch by five yards and marking an area just for wide attackers to go into (2). This encourages time and accuracy in crosses, though we will make them two-touch.